Gr 7-9-Excerpts from essays, editorials, and speeches by political figures, journalists, legal experts, and representatives of human-rights organizations deal with divisive issues. Friedman's volume discusses American use of torture or sending prisoners of war to countries known to torture captives, whether or not the articles of the Geneva Convention should apply to captives in the war on terror, and if these captives should be tried by civilian courts or military tribunal. Williams's selections discuss the possibility of criticism of American policy as a duty or a danger to the country. Two essays provide opposing views of patriotism as a Christian duty. Others debate the values represented by the American flag as either good or reprehensible. In both volumes no one essay convinces, yet each presents a distinct side of the argument for consideration. Some employ a more reasoned approach while others rely on emotional appeal. Each book includes an annotated list of organizations to contact.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.